The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith
(Viking Kestrel Picture Books)

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This is a book about the Hocky family. In this book you will read stories about them and tubas, airplanes, balloons, skateboards, birthdays, boats, chores, dishes, naps, ants, toys, and cousin Stinky.
 

About Lane Smith

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Lane Smith is a writer and an illustrator. Lane's titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. He wrote and illustrated Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben which were both New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Lane's other high profile titles include Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders; Big Plans by Bob Shea; and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. He also served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of James and the Giant Peach. Lane also wrote and illustrated The Happy Hocky Family and The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Perfection Learning. 64 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Hockys get a taste (and a smell) of rural living in this belated sequel to Smith’s deliciously post-modern primer, The Happy Hocky Family (1993).

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Smith parodies the smugly middle- class textbook, transforming boringly repeated lines into comic resignation in such dramas as a burst balloon: ``I have a balloon.

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of exclamation points, Smith adds his signature prankishness to a series of banal family escapades: ``I have a balloon.

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A decade after the original Happy Hocky Family!, Smith relocates the optimistic Hockys to a rural setting.

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